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Great Southern Line | A Soldier's Story: John Goldrick
Dr Mary Hutchison
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John GOLDRICK

Bridge Carpenter, Pickman, concretor

Moss Vale (Picton, Mittagong, Port MacQuarrie)

War Service record: NAA B2455, GOLDRICK, J(Service No. 1905)

NSWGR Employment Card: NSW Public Records. (Staff no. 368)

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John Goldrick Biography

Goldrick’s NSWGR employment card is for work in 1926 as a pickman and concreter at Cockle Creek near Lake Macquarrie.  It indicates that he was previously employed at Picton and Mittagong. He resigned in August 1926. b.1889,  Sligo, Ireland.

There is reference to the major railway duplication work that took place in the Moss Vale area during the War.  As there is no detailed record of this period of his work it may have been on a temporary rather than permanent basis.  It is not clear whether the earlier work in Picton and Mittagong mentioned on the card is pre enlistment or post return work.

There is an indication of the position of manual workers without permanent employment when they returned from war – short term work, possibly few and far between, at a variety of locations, especially leading up to and during the Depression.


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